TAKE TESTS TO LEARN

Take tests to learn, not just to assess what you know.

Test taking, which involves retrieving information, is significantly more effective than techniques such as rereading or concept mapping, both of which may foster false confidence. “Once information can be recalled, repeated encoding in study trials produced no benefit, whereas repeated retrieval in test trials generated large benefits for long-term retention.

 

References:

Pam Belluck. 2011-01-20. To Really Learn, Quit Studying and Take a Test. NYT

Karpicke, Jeffrey D. and Henry L. Roediger. 2008. The Critical Importance of Retrieval for Learning

Karpicke, Jeffrey D. and Janell R. Blunt. 2011. Retrieval Practice Produces More Learning than Elaborative Studying with Concept Mapping

 

 

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